Restaurants

The Most Beautiful Bathroom in Winnipeg

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bermax cafeI had lunch with my sister at The BerMax Cafe on Corydon not long ago.  The chairs were comfy, the decor interesting and the food was fine, although the air conditioning was on full blast so we froze as we sat  and talked.  But……………… the restaurant has the most interesting bathroom. sink bermax cafeCheck out this high tech sink.  You hold your hands under the centre of the tap for the water to come out and then you just move your hands apart where they are dried under the two metal pieces sticking out on either side.  A little card by the sink tells you how it works. bathroom at barmanYou feel like you are in the centre of an Italian city as you use the washroom. This floor to ceiling scene is to your right as you use the facilitiesbathroom at barmanAnd this is the view to your left.My mother always said you…

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Fools and Horses

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fools and horses broadwayWe biked over to Broadway yesterday morning to have breakfast at Fools and Horses a new coffee place that just opened.  Our niece’s fiancee helped craft the interior design. We wanted to check it out.  We also knew the nephew of good friends was making some of the baked goods on the menu.  daven and lauren fools and horsesWhile she prepared his Americano coffee Dave chatted with one of the Fools and Horses owners who just happens to be a former student of his. fools and horses breakfastWe found a seat in the sunny front window.  I had the poppy seed roll and Dave a prairie apple cinnamon roll. What good coffee, delicious pastry and a great place to people watch!! 

You can find out all about Fools and Horses on their Facebook page. 

Other posts about Winnipeg restaurants…….

Promenade Cafe

Winnipeg Free Press Cafe

A Blast From the Past

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Tacos The Real Meal Deal

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bmc market winnipegWe biked over to the BMC Market Esencia Latina Cafe on Osborne last week for tacos. bmc marketIt’s a three generation female business. Grandmother and mother do the cooking and the granddaughter is in charge of taking orders and operating the cash register.bmc marketThe ambiance is simple but clean and charming in its own way. It is very small however. Just a few tables. The day we were there many patrons just came in to pick up take-out. menu bmc market winnipeg

You can’t beat the prices.  Three tacos for $5.00 and you can mix and match. tacos bmc marketI had the baja, tinga and chorizo tacos. The soft corn-flour tortillas are homemade and baked after you’ve placed your order. Marion Warhaft the Free Press food columnist gave the place a good review.  We liked it too.

Other posts about Winnipeg Restaurants………

Peasant Cookery

Neechi Commons

Across the Board

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The T4s Welcome Spring

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t-4 assiniboine park pondIt had been almost three months since the group of friends I meet with regularly had been together.  I was in Arizona and others had also traveled and been busy with work, planning weddings and all kinds of other interesting things. Luckily we had to wait for a table at the restaurant in Assiniboine Park so we could ….leo mol sculpture garden go for a walk through the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden catching upand we had time to sit on the sunny patio near the duck pond and catch up on our lives in the warm sunshine.  waitress at Qualico Centre assiniboine parkOnce in the restaurant we met our waitress Lorraine who was just a hoot!  She convinced us all to order her special very spicy Caesars. Very spicy is how I’d describe Lorraine too, full of fun and adventure, happy and life affirming. “I could just tell this group was special,” she said as she related details…

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The Best of Fall – Of Geese and Other Creatures

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human rights museumLast week I spent a lovely fall afternoon with friends, chez sophiefirst at the restaurant Chez Sophie on the Provencher Bridgeat chez sophie having lunchT- 4's and checking out the river view dock fort whyteand then on a sun dappled stroll through Fort Whyte.  The current chilly temperatures make it hard to believe that it was so warm just a week ago. Canada geeseThe Canada geese had pretty much taken over Fort Whytecanada geeseThey were everywhere.
burrowing owlThe burrowing owls were fascinating to watch.burrowing owls fort whyteSo sad to realize they are on the brink of extinction on the Canadian prairies.prairie dogsThe prairie dogs entertained us for a long time with their antics.prairie dogsThey are such social animals and it’s fun to watch them interact with one another teasing and playing and fighting. prairie grasses fort whyte manitobaFort Whyte is the perfect place to connect with nature and enjoy the best of autumn. 

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Soup House was Super

sane soup houseI stopped in at the Sane Soup House on Graham Avenue last week when I needed a quick lunch. sane soup houseNice seating area for casual eating or there are regular tables. My waitress was friendly and the service quick.borscht sane soup

I had a delicious bowl of beet borscht from the menu.  It was hard to choose because the Wild Mushroom, African Peanut and Chilled Strawberry soups also sounded intriguing. sane soup houseThere’s a cool mural of the Provencher Bridge at night on the back wall and an old fashioned cooking stove is also part of the decor. 

sane soup houseThey have tables outside  if the weather is fine and something I always look for- a place to park your bike. I’ll be going back to this restaurant since it is right on the route from my home to the art gallery where I work . 

Other posts about Winnipeg restaurants……..

The BDI

The Promenade

Best Won Ton Mein in Winnipeg

Food From the Land

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The BDI- Bridge Drive In

bridge drive in winnipegBefore our guests from Hong Kong and India left Winnipeg we thought we needed to take them to the city’s most popular ice cream stand the Bridge Drive-In .bridge drive in jubilee winnipegThe Bridge Drive In (known more commonly in Winnipeg as simply The BDI) has been serving ice-cream to patrons since May 1 1957 and on a warm summer evening there is always a line up of people waiting to get sundaes and milkshakes and a dipped cone. The crowd on the night we were there was modest. 

bridge drive in on a busy dayBut this is how it can look on a busy afternoon. bicycling to the bridge drive in

Dave and Anil cycled over to the BDI on Jubilee Avenue and we ladies took the car. 

eating icecream at the bidThe Bridge Drive In has many flavors of soft ice-cream and you can get your cone dipped in butterscotch or chocolate and rolled in nuts. bridge bar bridge drive in

Anil and I both opted for the Bridge Bar while Dave and the ladies had soft icecream. bdi bridgeThe bridge beside the ice cream parlor is The Elm Park Bridge but it is often called the BDI Bridge. The ice cream stand was named after the bridge when it opened and now 57 years later the bridge has come to be known by the name of the ice cream stand.elm Park BridgeThe Bridge crosses the Red River and was built in 1912.The bridge used to have a 5 cent toll for pedestrians a 10 cent toll for vehicles and a 25 cent toll for trucks. The toll charges were stopped in 1946 and the bridge was closed to vehicles in 1974. The city did not tear down the bridge because it was too expensive to do so.musician bridge drive inThe night of our visit there was even a saxophonist at the end of the bridge to serenade us. 

eating icecream bridge drive inDave and I used to live one street over from the Bridge Drive In on Rosedale Avenue when we were first married and we visited the iconic ice cream stand regularly. It was fun to go back with our visitors and introduce them to a Winnipeg landmark. 

elm park bridgePosts about showing other Hong Kong visitors Winnipeg………

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The Winnipeg Art Gallery Roof

Leo Mol Sculpture Garden

Bison Up Close and Personal

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Food From the Land and Shakespeare in the Ruins

marylou and meenaOur friends Meena and Anil are visiting us from Hong Kong and we took them out to the Peasant Cookery, a favorite Exchange District restaurant of ours.window ledge peasant cookery The window ledges are decorated with artistic fowl sculptures in wood or ceramics and jars of canned fruits and vegetables.interior peasant cookery winnipegThe Peasant Cookery boasts that it offers ‘real food from the land’ and we knew from our past visits that the food would be excellent and the service friendly. 

dave and anilWe decided to order five different dishes from the eclectic menu and share them all.  meal at peasant cookeryOur meal was first rate. beet salad peasant cookery

A beet salad with toasted seeds, goat cheese, arugula and a  caramelized honey vinaigrette dressing

tourtierre at peasant cookery winnipeg Tourtiere- a French meat pie with thick cut  fries

gnocchi at peasant cookery winnipeg

aged cheddar gnocchi  with sun dried tomato, spinach, red onion, piquillo peppers and basil oilmahi mahi at peasant cookeryLightly breaded mahi, mahi with fresh vegetablesbread pudding at peasant cookery

and bread pudding with Guinness ice-cream and a caramel sauce for dessert.waiter peasant cookeryDespite his look of concern in this photo our waiter was attentive and very pleasant and earned extra bonus marks from us when my husband asked him who his favorite Winnipeg band was and he replied, “Royal Canoe,” the band our son plays in. trappist monastery shakespeare in the ruinsAfter dinner we were off to the Trappist Monastery in St. Norbert to see this years’ Shakespeare in the Ruins production of The Comedy of Errors. anil and daveIt was a near perfect night. The rain held off and it was just cool and windy enough to keep the mosquitoes at bay. We had warm blankets provided by the theatre troupe. audience shakespeare in the ruinsWe moved around the monastery grounds to see the different scenes from the play. It was done in such an entertaining fashion, the humor bawdy and the acting a bit ‘over the top’ in a good way.  comedy of errors shakespeare in the ruinsThe actors made it so easy to follow the rather complicated plot of mistaken identity that near the end of the play when it was revealed that identical twins had been mixed up throughout the drama, a little boy about three or four years old in the audience blurted out, “Why there’s two of them.”  Even he understood the plot resolution. marylou and meenaThe Peasant Cookery staff and Shakespeare in the Ruins company helped us show off our city to our Hong Kong friends in first class style. 

Other related posts……

Shakespeare in the Ruins- 2012

Are You Speaking English

Devour the District

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Promenade Cafe

promenade cafe saint bonifaceDave and I had never been to the Promenade Cafe just across the Provencher Bridge and only a five-minute bike ride from our home. dinner at promenade cafe saint bonifaceLast week we  cycled over to meet our friends there for dinner. patio promenade cafe saint bonifaceIt was a rainy cold day so we couldn’t use the patio with its nice view of the river, the bridge and the New Human Rights Museum. However the atmosphere inside was pleasant and warm and we enjoyed our meal immensely. couple wine tastingDave and I opted for the restaurant’s unique ever-changing Prix Fixe menu which allows a couple to share a four course meal including a half glass of a different wine pairing with each course. It’s a great deal! You get more than enough food and our bill ended up being substantially cheaper than our friends who’d ordered in a more traditional way from the interesting menu.  pate trayOur first course was a butcher block with pate, spicy mustard, salad, pickles and herb seasoned toasted French bread. Of course paired with a nice white wine. goat cheese saladNext came a salad topped with creamy goat cheese. This is one person’s portion. chicken dish promenade cafe st. bonifaceThen a chicken dish with mushroom bacon wine sauce, creamy potatoes and brocoli. It was so good I was half done before I remembered to take a photo. chocolate dessert promenade cafe And finally a luscious chocolate dessert that quite literally melted in your mouth accompanied by a dessert wine.  It was a satisfying and throughly enjoyable dining experience. The waitress was friendly and informative and the restaurant obviously popular with the place quickly filling up for dinner. Now that we’ve been introduced to the Promenade I know we’ll go back. I’ve heard their breakfasts are excellent.

Other posts about restaurants visited…….

A Blast From the Past

Neechi Commons

The Best Won Ton Mein in Winnipeg

Cafe D Amour

Eat Like You Give a Damn

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A Blast From the Past

juke boxes windmill restaurantIt might be the juke boxes, the formica tables or the red vinyl leather booth seats …windmill restaurantIt might be the bar stools or old fashioned milk shake machine…

windmilll restaurantBut step into the friendly atmosphere at the Windmill Restaurant at 518 Selkirk Avenue and you’ll think you’re back in the 1950’s. windmill menuThe menu is basic and economical. I’ve heard the perogies are to die for but I opted for food windmill restaurant selkirk a hearty homemade soup and toasted tomato sandwich. mexican hatThe decor is kitschy- a display of Mexican somberoes

windmill restaurantA hand carved welcome plaquedecor windmil restaurant

and this fellow guarding the salad menu.selkirk long agoA mural painted on the side of the restaurant gives us a glimpse of a street car and Selkirk Avenue’s glory days in the 1930s -1950sred river wagon mural selkirk avenueand another mural takes us back even further to the late 1800s and ox cart days. 

windmill restaurantScenes from the movies Capote and Shall We Dance were filmed in the Windmill. How’s that for a a claim to fame? If you want to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Richard Gere, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener wander on over to the Windmill Restaurant and get a blast from the past.

Other posts about restaurants and movies made in Winnipeg….

Finding the Best Won Ton Mein in Winnipeg

Devour the District

We’re Living in the Middle of a Movie Set

Lights Camera Action

 

 

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